This is the first of a series of metronome videos. It is my firm belief that working on your rhythmic skills (and counting, in particular) is the quickest way for most of my students to improve their musicianship. The first video of this series takes you through playing on the beat (the downbeat) and off… Continue reading Metronome Beginner.1
Start with a single note again. This time try different ones and see what they feel like over the music. Compose your own melody and write it down. I would like you to turn this in at Blackboard. Think about the solfeggio as you’re working on this project. Do your best with the notation and… Continue reading No. 2 ET VAMP 44.G.76
Mark all of the NCT’s and be sure that you know what each one is. Prove that you have done this on Blackboard in the Discussion Board…
Where does Bach violate the chord map? Dr. M’s term is an excellent one–and he made it up on the spot! Why is that so impressive? In m11;b1, what numbers would you put on the suspension in the bass part? In m12;b1, what numbers would you put on the suspension in the alto part? In… Continue reading Bach Chorale #1
Improvise on Bb alone. Start with just one Bb. See what you can do. Add other Bb octaves and experiment with what advantages they add. Improvise on Bb D F. Try each alone first (similar to step 1 above). Get a feel for what it is like to be on the third and fifth of… Continue reading No. 1 ET Vamp 44.Bb.90
I’m coming up with a bunch of sketches while I’m learning how to make music in my new studio at home. It’s been a lot of fun and I decided to dedicate the first one to my good friend Amy. Fran’s birthday snuck one in early, but this was the first one that I had… Continue reading Funky Amy!
I’m learning how to use Ableton Live music creation software. I’m going to start making little audio “cards” for my family and friends. This is a prototype.
You know that moment when you have to password into Netflix, or wherever, typing with your TV remote? What are we, savages!?
Part One. There’s a very specific feeling I’m having. Right now. I just can’t seem to get my tongue around it. The thing seems so trivial… but I feel compelled to share it. It is quite literally an existential sensation. But one we don’t think of that way. When I describe this specific one, the… Continue reading There Should Be a Word.
I’ve been imagining what it would be like to know my death is coming. I am proud of the fact that Death bothers me less when myself, than when my Wives. I’m 50 now and I don’t welcome Death–but I don’t fear it either. I need to think about why “proud” is the correct word… Continue reading Assessment